Bill Gandy is the regional managing partner of the McLean office. He focuses his practice on product liability litigation, including mass tort and toxic tort cases, and on commercial and employment matters, particularly in the higher education sector. Bill is a resolute advocate for his clients and frequently is retained by clients facing catastrophic injury lawsuits. He has tried more than 50 cases to verdict and regularly represents insureds and self-insured companies in complex, high-exposure matters.
Before entering private practice, Bill was a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C., where he acquired strong investigative skills that have been a key to his success in litigating complex cases for his clients. He also previously served as an assistant district attorney in Rochester, NY, where he gained practical trial experience that he continues to draw upon in his civil litigation practice and in mentoring young lawyers who work with him.
Bill has represented clients in litigation in a variety of jurisdictions in the United States and Canada, including defending cases in the District of Columbia, Virginia, New York, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Areas of Focus
Bill has defended a wide variety of manufacturers and distributors in product liability matters involving industrial machinery and products, consumer products, automotive and marine products, railroad and transit safety systems, lawn and garden equipment and agricultural machinery and products, and nutraceuticals.
He currently leads a team of attorneys in the defense of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in connection with the June 22, 2009 collision of two trains on Metrorail's Red Line, resulting in the death of nine people, the worst in Washington's history. This tort case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and involves 23 plaintiffs.
Bill also has extensive experience with mass tort and toxic tort litigation involving a range of substances, including asbestos, benzene and lead paint. In addition, he regularly is retained on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death matters arising from fires and explosions involving defective products, chemical substances and other factors.
Bill's commercial litigation practice encompasses contract and employment disputes for educational institutions and a range of other clients. His work in commercial litigation has included representation of a Fortune 500 company in a $20 million contract dispute.
Bill has litigated a variety of catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and property damage cases over the past 25 years. These have included commercial trucking and automotive, fire and explosion and premises liability matters.
Evidentiary Issues Unique to Product Liability Litigation in Federal Court
New York State Bar Association: Products Liability in New York - Second Edition
February 2, 2013
Evidentiary Issues Unique to New York Products Liability Litigation in Federal Courts
New York State Bar Association, Products Liability Handbook
Co-Author, chapters in Preparing for a Civil Lawsuit, NYSBA, 1987, Supp. 1997.
Co-Author, chapters in Products Liability in New York, NYSBA, 1998, Supp. 2002.
Washingtonian Names Five Wilson Elser Attorneys among the 2013-2014 Top Lawyers: Civil Defense
January 1, 2014
Awards & Distinctions
AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell